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Disposable Heroes is the fifth track on 1986's Master of Puppets, composed by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett.

About

Keeping with the theme of manipulation and powerlessness, the song is about the drafting system, war, and death, explaining the title "Disposable Heroes". The line "back to the front" is said multiple times in the song. The song is the third longest song in the entire album, after "Orion" and "Master of Puppets". It is also interesting to note that the middle section ("Why am I dying?" etc., before and after the guitar solo) is the last place for a long time where Lars Ulrich plays the ride cymbal. Not fond of this particular piece of percussion, Ulrich didn't return to it until "Until It Sleeps".

Live

  • "Disposable Heroes" was the first song off of Master of Puppets to be debuted live. It was first played on September 14, 1985, in St. Goarshausen, Germany.
  • As of July 2019, it has been played live 157 times.
  • In an ironic dose of fashion, Cliff Burton only played the song live three times, while both Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo has played it over fifty times each.

Trivia

Lyrics

    Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end
    No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend
    Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all
    Victim of what said should be, a servant till I fall

         Soldier boy, made of clay
         Now an empty shell
         Twenty-one, only son
         But he served us well
         Bred to kill, not to care
         Do just as we say
         Finished here
         Greetings, death
         He's yours to take away

         Back to the front
         You will do what I say, when I say
         Back to the front
         You will die when I say, you must die
         Back to the front
         You coward
         You servant
         You blind man

    Barking of machine gun fire does nothing to me now
    Sounding of the clock that ticks, get used to it somehow
    More a man more stripes you wear, glory-seeker trends
    Bodies fill the fields I see, the slaughter never ends

         Soldier boy, made of clay
         Now an empty shell
         Twenty-one, only son
         But he served us well
         Bred to kill, not to care
         Do just as we say
         Finished here
         Greetings, death
         He's yours to take away

         Back to the front
         You will do what I say, when I say
         Back to the front
         You will die when I say, you must die
         Back to the front
         You coward
         You servant
         You blind man

    Why, am I dying?
    Kill, have no fear
    Lie, live off lying
    Hell, hell is here

    Why, am I dying?
    Kill, have no fear
    Lie, live off lying
    Hell, hell is here
    I was born for dying

    Life put out before my birth, nothing could I say
    Had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
    Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
    Left to die with only friend, alone I clench my gun

         Soldier boy, made of clay
         Now an empty shell
         Twenty-one, only son
         But he served us well
         Bred to kill, not to care
         Do just as we say
         Finished here
         Greetings, death
         He's yours to take away

         Back to the front
         You will do what I say, when I say
         Back to the front
         You will die when I say, you must die
         Back to the front
         You coward
         You servant
         You blind man
         Back to the front

    Back to the front
    Back to the front
    Back to the front
    Back to the front

References

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Master of Puppets
Songs BatteryMaster of PuppetsThe Thing That Should Not BeWelcome Home (Sanitarium)Disposable HeroesLeper MessiahOrionDamage, Inc.
Members James HetfieldLars UlrichKirk HammettCliff Burton
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